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Today's News

  • Gourds make good homes for migrating martins

    SHALLOTTE—As Gerald Hewett stood in his back yard, a chortle arose from rows of gourds suspended on frames high overhead.

    “They’re getting fussy now,” Hewett said of the purple martin swallows that fly into his yard every spring to nest in the gourd houses he grew and crafted just for them.

    The 70-year-old said he’s been cultivating martin houses for 60 years, using gourds just like Native Americans did.

  • Turtle time

    SUNSET BEACH—Starting Sunday, hard-shelled marine reptiles will once again be the talk of the town as seasonal sea turtle programs launch at the beach.

    During the summer months, Sunset Beach’s “Turtle Time” educational and informational programs take place on Sunday nights on the island and on Wednesday afternoons at Ingram Planetarium.

    Weather permitting, the season’s first session is scheduled to launch at 7 p.m. this Sunday, June 1, in the parking lot of Sunset Properties, 419 S. Sunset Blvd. on the Sunset Beach island.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Ongoing through June 15

  • Japanese beetle invasion imminent this summer

    No, you haven’t passed through a time warp where Zeros are swooping in to drop torpedo bombs on the U.S.S. Arizona. But, we do have a Japanese invasion that’s just getting started—the annual invasion of our gardens by the Japanese beetle.

    While these coppery-brown and green beetles have a voracious appetite for several hundred different plants, they really like to skeletonize the leaves of roses and grape vines. White or yellow roses are especially attractive.

  • Inquiring gardeners want to know about pests

    Poison ivy is an unwanted weed that shows up in residential home and commercial landscape projects. To sensitive individuals, the effect of poison ivy can be an interference with daily contracting activities. Some people are more sensitive than others to the effects of poison ivy; however, sensitivity can change from time to time so that someone who was not affected by it at one time can get a reaction at another time.

  • Landscaping requires planning to make use of natural site

    The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service defines landscaping as “the art of organizing and enriching outdoor space through the placement of plants and structures in agreeable and useful relationship with the natural setting.”

  • Montgomery-Szwed

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Christy Montgomery and Michael Szwed, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of June and Charles Simpson of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The prospective groom is the son of Deborah Szwed of Longs, S.C. and Michael Szwed Sr. of New Jersey. A March 14, 2009, ceremony is planned at Chapel By The Sea.

  • Lesley-Parker

    Kristin Ann Lesley and Jason Britt Parker, both of Lakeland, Fla., were married at 8 p.m. March 23 in a double-ring ceremony in the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

  • Thinking about what I will say in my last lecture

    Primetime is one of my favorite television programs, so it was more than happenstance that I watched a program with the intriguing title, “The Last Lecture.” Because of the comparatively late hour it is televised, despite my best efforts, I often slip into sleep, but it was not the case this time. I was completely “hooked” with Professor Randy Pausch’s opening remarks.

  • Church briefs

    Beach Assembly of God to host program

    Beach Assembly of God, 6730 Ocean Hwy. W. in Ocean Isle Beach, will host a special service featuring Building HOPE Prison Ministries at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

    Love gifts will be received for Building HOPE founders Gary and Donna Phelps.

    For more information, call 579-9701.

    All day Mah Jongg tournament planned

    The Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-EL will host an all-day summer Mah Jongg tournament on Thursday, June 12, at Temple Emanu-EL Rosen Center, 65th Ave. and Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, S.C.